9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
— 2 nights
Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Grand Rapids
— 1 night



— 1 night
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 11th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village and then take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then explore the galleries of Motown Museum.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dearborn travel route builder tool.

Nashville to Dearborn is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Dearborn due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nashville in June, with highs in Dearborn at 79°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Munising.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip


— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Munising trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dearborn to Munising takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Dearborn in June, expect Munising to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, take in the local highlights with Fort Mackinac, then contemplate the long history of Trinity Church, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip builder.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Tours · Nature · Historic Sites

Traverse City

— 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Traverse City road trip app.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in June: highs in Traverse City hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Grand Rapids

— 1 night

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
On the 19th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at John Ball Zoo.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Grand Rapids road trip site.

Getting from Traverse City to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Michigan travel guide

Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.